Welcome to E PLURIBUS UNUM, a resource archive for the study
of American history, literature and culture.
Our archive will focus on three significant moments in our
national life: the 1770's, the 1850's, an the 1930's. Our growing
collection already includes a wide range of primary materials,
commentaries, and pedagogical resources arranged by theme. Some
of these materials are available at other sites and indexed here;
many others are being introduced to the web as part of this project.
This three-year enterprise, scheduled for completion by Summer,
2003, is directed by Professor
John McClymer of Assumption College and funded by a grant
from the National Endowment for the Humanities.
The essay that follows, "A
Nation of Law In a Time of Change," introduces the first
phase of the project, which focuses on America in the 1850's.
It also helps explain the theme of the site, America's struggle
throughout its history to create a nation dedicated to the ideal:
"From Many, One."